Schiff says intelligence community is withholding Ukraine documents from Congress

TheHill | 1/19/2020 | Staff
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the U.S. intelligence community is beginning to withhold documents on Ukraine from Congress as lawmakers prepare for the impeachment trial of President Trump.

"They appear to be succumbing to pressure from the administration," Schiff said on ABC's "This Week."

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"The NSA, in particular, is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial," he added, referring to the National Security Agency.

Schiff, who was selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the lead impeachment manager, added that there are signs that the "CIA may be on the same tragic course." He called on the intelligence community to "resist" pressure from an administration that fears documents on Ukraine "incriminate" it.

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The California congressman made the comments after being questioned about a Politico report that said intelligence officials were pushing House and Senate Intelligence committees to forgo the public portion of an annual briefing on world security threats.

The request was reportedly made in an effort to avoid the prospect of top officials publicly disagreeing with Trump on matters related to Iran, Russia and North Korea.

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"Unfortunately, I think those reports are all too accurate," Schiff said. "The intelligence community is reluctant to have an open hearing, something that we had done every...
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